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Security Certification: GWAPT

Security Certification:

GIAC Web Application Penetration Tester (GWAPT)


Web applications are one of the most significant points of vulnerability in organizations today. Most organizations have them (both web applications and the vulnerabilities associated with them). Web app holes have resulted in the theft of millions of credit cards, major financial loss, and damaged reputations for hundreds of enterprises. The number of computers compromised by visiting web sites altered by attackers is too high to count. This certification measures and individuals understanding of web application exploits and penetration testing methodology. Check your web applications for holes before the bad guys do.

*No Specific training is required for any GIAC certification. There are many sources of information available regarding the certification objectives' knowledge areas. Practical experience is an option; there are also numerous books on the market covering Computer Information Security. Another option is any relevant courses from training providers, including SANS.*


  • 1 proctored exam
  • 75 questions
  • Time limit of 2 hours
  • Minimum Passing Score of 70%


GIAC reserves the right to change the specifications for each certification without notice. Based on a scientific passing point study, the GWAPT passing point changed from a 150 question format to a 75 question format for newly activated certification attempts on or after 4/11/2011. To verify the format of your current certification attempt, please read the Certification Information found in your portal account at


Certifications must be renewed every 4 years. Click here for details.


NOTE: All GIAC exams are delivered through proctored test centers and must be scheduled in advance.
GIAC certification attempts will be activated in your GIAC account after your application has been approved and according to the terms of your purchase. Details on delivery will be provided along with your registration confirmation upon payment. You will receive an email notification when your certification attempt has been activated in your account. You will have 120 days from the date of activation to complete your certification attempt. GIAC exams must be proctored through Pearson VUE. Please click the following link for instructions on How to Schedule Your GIAC Proctored Exam GIAC exams are delivered online through a standard web browser.


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Exam Certification Objectives & Outcome Statements

The topic areas for each exam part follow:

The candidate will demonstrate an understanding of AJAX technology and its known weaknesses
Automated Web Application Vulnerability Scanners
The candidate will demonstrate familiarity with automated tools used to find web application vulnerabilities and their distinguishing features.
Cross Site Scripting and Attack Frameworks
The candidate will demonstrate an understanding of the types of XSS attacks and XSS attack frameworks that can be utilized during a pen test
Programming Fundamentals
The candidate will demonstrate familiarity with modern web-based languages including Javascript with Ajax, and Python
The candidate will demonstrate comprehension of techniques used to conduct reconnaissance using available information.
Scanning and Mapping
The candidate will demonstrate an understanding of mapping and scanning web applications and servers, including port scanning, identifying services and configurations, spidering, application flow charting and session analysis.
Session Tracking and SSL
The candidate will demonstrate comprehension of session tracking and SSL/TLS use in modern web communications as well as the attacks that can leverage flaws in session state
SQL Injection
The candidate will demonstrate an understanding of how to perform SQL injection attacks and how to identify SQL injection vulnerabilities in applications
Understanding the Web and HTTP
The candidate will demonstrate an understanding of the fundamentals web applications and their architecture and a thorough comprehension of the HTTP protocol
Web App Pen Test Methodology and Reporting
The candidate will demonstrate comprehension of the typical methods and components used during a web application penetration test

Where to Get Help

Training is available from a variety of resources including on line, course attendance at a live conference, and self study.

Practical experience is another way to ensure that you have mastered the skills necessary for certification. Many professionals have the experience to meet the certification objectives identified.

Finally, college level courses or study through another program may meet the needs for mastery.

The procedure to contest exam results can be found at